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Legally Stoned : 14 Mind-Altering Substances You Can Obtain and Use Without Breaking the Law
14 Mind-Altering Substances You Can Obtain and Use Without Breaking The Law
"A Euphoric, Crazy Trip." --Amanita muscaria mushroom user
Everyone can get high...biologically speaking, that is. And it's just plain human nature to want to try it. Although the government stands in the way of this basic right, there are ways around the restrictions. On the road to altered consciousness, there's a perfectly legal route. With each of the fourteen psychoactive substances detailed in this book, you can get high, pass a urine drug test, and never once break the law.
"Totally Clear, Intense Hallucinations For Hours." --Ayahuasca user
Legally Stoned provides a clear, practical guide for obtaining and using fourteen of the easiest to acquire, legal mind-altering agents. It also includes a description and history of each item, its chemistry and physiological reactions, accounts of its pleasures and perils, and any risks associated with it. Here are a few legal substances and their reported impact:
* Amanita muscaria mushroom use leads to feelings of euphoria and auditory hallucinations
* Anadenanthera peregrina/colubrina seeds have been known to cause intense visions of psychedelic light and color
* Ayahuasca, which originated in South America, often produces visual hallucinations that include the jungle, exotic animals, even ancient native artwork!
"Like Watching A Laser Light Show...Next Time I'll Take More." --Colubrina seed user
"Fascinating . . . You are not merely holding a book; you are holding a key to the doors of perception. Legally Stoned is far more than an excellent, meticulously-researched sourcebook; it is a highly-readable treasure trove of experiments and experiences." --Kinky Friedman, musician, novelist, and politician
"Legally Stoned is a well researched sourcebook for anyone interested in psychoactive substances that are currently legal in the United States. Legally Stoned cites scientific research and personal accounts to provide accurate descriptions of each substance's history, physiological effects, and the risks of use. Legally Stoned also challenges the rationality of the drug laws by describing the methods people often use to obtain and prepare each substance." --Krystle Cole, www.NeuroSoup.com, author of Lysergic and After the Trip
"I refuse to plunge into paranoid speculation why many of the magical and sacred foods of the gods are made illegal and their communicants vilified. Instead, I bless and give thanks for books such as this, and intelligent and courageous souls such as Dr. Thies for their efforts to keep the doors of perception in full view for all of us to see." --Lon Milo DuQuette, author of My Life with the Spirits and Enochian Vision Magick
"Todd Thies is the new millennium's Timothy Leary. His book covers the unexplored, mind-blowing universe outside of the DEA's crosshairs with insight and clarity. Legally Stoned is a fascinating read, a guided journey down the rabbit hole." --M. Chris Fabricant, author of Busted! Drug War Survival Skills
So while wondering what the effects might be for you, just know that you have the option to obtain and use any of these, and many other, means of seeking a new level of awareness. It's completely legal; it's human nature; it's your right. What are you waiting for?
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December 30, 2008
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Excerpt from Legally Stoned by Todd A. Thies Ph.D
The "Drug War" may have begun in the twentieth century, but drug use seems to have been a part of human activity for thousands of years. While conducting research for this book, I was struck repeatedly by the observation that the use of mind- altering substances occurred in most (possibly all) cultures in the world. Most of the world's cultures also had a long history of psychoactive substance use, which often was an important part of the cultures' activities.
While in graduate school, I did research on people's use of psychoactive substances to alter mental and physical levels of arousal. The exact definition of arousal has received much debate and is the subject of a great volume of scientifi c research. Simply put, though, arousal is an individual's physiological and psychological state of excitement, energy, or activation. It is typically measured on at least one continuum, which can range from a low arousal state of deep sleep to a high arousal state of great excitement or terror. People can usually differentiate arousal states along this continuum. Most would agree that feeling relaxed is a lower arousal state than feeling worried, and that feeling angry is a higher arousal state than feeling calm. Levels of arousal can be obtained through physical tests (e.g., a polygraph, more commonly referred to as a lie detector test). Arousal levels can also be assessed by administering someone a psychological test.
By 1991, when I was doing my graduate research, it had been well established that people find certain arousal states more pleasant than others. Entire books have been written about which factors may determine what level of arousal an individual finds most pleasant at a given moment. One's desired arousal level differs among people, the time of day, the situation, and other factors.
Because humans have a desire to obtain certain arousal states, we use a variety of methods to reach them. My graduate research examined how people use psychoactive substances to alter their arousal states. Drug users who preferred substances that are a physiological stimulant (i.e., increase arousal) drugs, like methamphetamines or cocaine, also reported liking relatively high levels of arousal. Those who preferred relatively low levels of arousal liked substances that were physiological depressants (i.e., decreased arousal) such as heroin or valium.
Some substances did not fit this pattern. For example, those individuals who preferred alcohol to other substances were a mix of people seeking low arousal and those seeking high arousal, even though alcohol is a physiological depressant. It appears that some folks drink alcohol to "party" and increase their level of arousal. In addition to being a physiological depressant, alcohol also reduces inhibitions and makes it easier to engage in arousal-increasing behavior. Physiological and psychological measures of arousal indicate that some alcohol users have an increase in arousal following alcohol use. Other users imbibe alcohol for its physiological depressant effects in order to relax and decrease their arousal. Even those who drink alcohol to increase arousal will eventually have a decrease in arousal, as the depressant effects of the alcohol overpower any arousal-increasing effects created from "partying." Of course, getting a massage, reading a good book while sitting in front of a fireplace, riding on a roller coaster, and jumping out of airplanes are also all methods people use to alter their arousal use. Use of psychoactive substances is just an effective, rapid method that people have used for at least thousands of years.
Studies of nonhuman animals have found that many animals also engage in the use of intoxicating substances if they are able to. In a book titled Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind- Altering Substances, the author Ronald Siegel reviews the research on animal use of psychoactive substances. Dr. Siegel, who is a psychopharmacologist, presents a lengthy list of examples of humans and nonhuman animals using mindaltering substances.
Many animals, including species of monkeys, seek out and ingest partially fermented fruit and apparently get intoxicated by its alcohol content. Anyone who has observed the excited intoxication of a cat with catnip has seen an animal that seeks out a substance to seemingly get high.
A study by Shrai, Tsuda, Kitagawa, Naitoh, Seki, Kamimura, and Morohashi, published in the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association in June 2002, demonstrated that even some insects like their liquor. These researchers performed a study that examined whether a person's alcohol consumption affected his or her likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes. The study showed that mosquitoes were more likely to bite an individual when he or she had been drinking alcohol than when the person was sober. There is more than one way to interpret the results of this study, but the results suggest that mosquitoes like to party.
Dr. Siegel's twenty-plus years of research and examination of the literature led him to conclude that the use of mind- altering substances was so pervasive among humans of all times and cultures, that the desire for such substances was a "fourth drive." By fourth drive, he was concluding that the drive to use mind- altering substances was equivalent to the three commonly recognized drives for food, water, and sex.
All human beings are born with the innate capacity to get high from a number of natural and manmade substances. Our brains are filled with neurons (nerve cells) that automatically respond to certain substances by changing a person's mental experience.
Heroin acts on our brain's nerve cells just like our own internal endorphins. It is because the human brain already has an existing mechanism to produce pleasure in place that the heroin molecule is able to tap into that same brain mechanism and produce its effects. If our brains had not developed to be reactive to psychoactive substances and if the brain did not already have a mechanism to respond to these substances, then there would be no such thing as psychoactive drug use.
Humans have developed in such a way that they want to alter their consciousness; therefore, it is only natural that people will seek out psychoactive substances.
The United States Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." In other words, there are certain rights that all people have and that no government has the power to take away.
The Declaration of Independence further states that "to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,-- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." Thus, all of government's power comes from the people it governs.
Government does not make decisions independent of its people, and those in government cannot make choices that go against the will of the governed. Furthermore, because the government is one of the people, and because government's responsibility is to protect the "unalienable Rights" of its people, the people are right in altering or even abolishing the government.
What right can be more basic and unalienable than the right to choose what I put into my own body? I consider that eating broccoli, potato chips, or hash brownies are all things that are basic, unalienable rights. I also believe that a lot of people agree with me. This makes it our right to eat these things and to "alter" our government to allow us to do so.
The United States government made one attempt to go against the will of many of the governed when it instituted the prohibition of alcohol in 1920. This made the sale, transportation, and manufacture of alcohol illegal. Strangely, the amendment did not state that the use of alcohol was illegal.
Thirteen years later, prohibition of alcohol would be repealed with the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. The major argument for re-legalizing alcohol was that the problems created from prohibition were greater than the problems caused by allowing people to use alcohol legally. Also, many people continued to use alcohol under prohibitions, so it was not as though the problems of alcohol went away.
A range of social problems were a direct result of prohibition. A violent black market for alcohol developed. Stronger liquors became more popular because their potency made them more profitable. Tax revenues from alcohol were replaced by an enforcement cost of many hundreds of millions of dollars. With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, the black market for alcohol mostly disappeared. The organized crime that developed during prohibition did not go away, but ventured into other illegal activities, such as dealing narcotics. In addition to the woes created by prohibition, it is this writer's belief that many politicians supported the repeal of prohibition because they really wanted to have a drink.
Despite the country's recognition of the problems that alcohol prohibition caused, our leaders have created prohibition of many other psychoactive substances that Americans wish to use. Many of these substances are arguably less harmful than the legal drugs alcohol and tobacco.
The Controlled Substances Act is the United States' current attempt at drug prohibition. It was passed as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. It eventually gave the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), founded in 1973, the power to control drugs without having to go through Congress for approval to make rulings regarding substances it wants to regulate.
The Congress does have the power to go against DEA decisions, and it appears to have done so at one point when the DEA wanted to further restrict the availability of pseudoephedrine.
The Act set up five schedules that classify drugs at the DEA's discretion. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, they have no currently accepted medical use (according to the DEA's judgment), and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and dependence, but unlike Schedule I drugs, they do have a currently accepted medical use. Schedule III drugs have some potential for abuse, but less than those in Schedules I and II. These drugs also have some currently accepted medical use. Schedule IV drugs have a low potential for abuse relative to Schedule III and above drugs, and the drugs have a currently accepted medical use. They also have limited risk of dependence. Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential risk of abuse or dependency, and they have a currently accepted medical use.